I found this wonderful site this morning at The Department of Defense. The site provides a lot of military resource information.
They highlight this information, which I did not know about.
DoD, in partnership with the National
Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, which
administers the program, designed this initiative to benefit those who
do not live near military installations, Witte said.
"We have a
contract with NACCRRA to assist us in finding spaces outside the
military community for those Guard and Reserve (members) who are
deployed and active duty (people) who are not near a military
installation," Witte said. "We also hope to assist in reducing the
out-of-pocket expense to the servicemember."
When a parent is
deployed, she said, the remaining parent may discover that child care
is something the couple hadn’t had to think of before. And need is not
the only consideration. The extra expense can be shocking.
OMCC doesn’t fully subsidize child care, it does work to reduce the
financial burden, Witte said. The fees are based on a sliding scale
that takes into consideration total family income and the care
provider’s actual cost, among other things.
To take part in the
program, a family member would apply through NACCRRA via a special Web
site or by a toll-free call to (800) 424-2246. The child-care provider
also must apply — an important step because of how the subsidy, which
comes through the Children and Youth office, is paid out, Witte noted.
I would be interested to hear, if any of our readers have participated in this program.